Working Girl (TV series)

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Working Girl
Created byKimberly Hill
Tom Patchett
Written bySandy Frank
Vicki S. Horwitz
Lawrence Konner
Lisa Rosenthal
Robin Schiff
Directed byRobert Berlinger
Matthew Diamond
StarringSandra Bullock
Patrick Brock
Nana Visitor
Judy Prescott
George Newbern
Edye Byrde
Tom O'Rourke
Anthony Tyler Quinn
David Schramm
B.J. Ward
Theme music composerCarly Simon
Opening theme"Let the River Run"
Composer(s)W.G. Snuffy Walden
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Kenneth Kaufman
Tom Patchett
Producer(s)Vicki S. Horwitz
Lawrence Konner
Editor(s)Leslie Dennis Bracken
Steve Cioffi
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Patchett Kaufman Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseApril 16 (1990-04-16) –
July 30, 1990 (1990-07-30)
Preceded byWorking Girl

Working Girl is an American sitcom television series that aired on NBC from April 16 to July 30, 1990. Loosely based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Melanie Griffith, the series stars Sandra Bullock as Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith's character in the film), in a role that was initially meant for Nancy McKeon.[1]


Tess McGill is a spunky, independent secretary who has suddenly become a junior executive after she charms company owner A.J. Trask. Tess' first challenge is to survive working with her antagonistic, uptight immediate boss, Mrs. Bryn Newhouse, otherwise known as the "company witch." Tess's best friend, Lana Peters, is a secretary who is more interested in doing her nails and rooting for Tess than in getting ahead herself. Meanwhile, Everett Rutledge is a fellow junior executive who is charming but eager to please. Libby Wentworth is Tess's world-wise "permanent temporary" secretary who is also a moonlighting musician. Back home each night on Staten Island, Tess has to contend with her doting parents, Joe and Fran. Tess also has to contend with Sal Pascarella, the blue-collar neighborhood Romeo who constantly pursues her.

Reception and cancelation[edit]

Debuting as a midseason replacement, Working Girl drew low ratings and was canceled after eight of the twelve episodes produced aired.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Dream On"TBATBAApril 16, 1990 (1990-04-16)
2"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"TBATBAApril 23, 1990 (1990-04-23)
3"A Friend in Need"TBATBAApril 30, 1990 (1990-04-30)
4"McJoe's"TBATBAMay 7, 1990 (1990-05-07)
5"It's Only Love"Matthew DiamondRobin SchiffMay 14, 1990 (1990-05-14)
6"Hungry Heart"TBATBAJuly 16, 1990 (1990-07-16)
7"Just One of Those Things"TBATBAJuly 23, 1990 (1990-07-23)
8"We Can Work It Out"TBATBAJuly 30, 1990 (1990-07-30)
9"Get Back (a.k.a. Back in the Saddle Again)"TBATBAUNAIRED
10"Two's a Crowd"TBATBAUNAIRED
11"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"TBATBAUNAIRED

Production notes[edit]

The series was created by Kimberly Hill and Tom Patchett. Kenneth Kaufman and Tom Patchett served as executive producers.

"Let the River Run" (which was also featured in the motion picture) was the series' theme song.[2]


The series briefly reran on TV Land in the 1990s after Bullock became a major motion-picture star.


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 1538. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.
  2. ^ Working Girl TV Show Intro (HQ) on YouTube

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